Firm Profile > Burton Copeland LLP > Manchester, England

Burton Copeland LLP
M40 5AG

Crime: general Tier 1

Burton Copeland LLP has a strong reputation for general criminal work; it handles the full spectrum of criminal cases with experience spanning serious and organised crime, sexual abuse and historical sexual assault cases, regulatory work and road traffic cases. In addition to its criminal practice, the firm also acts on behalf of police officers and professional associations in inquests and disciplinary proceedings. Managing partner Louise Straw, who has a strong reputation in high-profile sexual abuse and historical sexual assault cases, and consultant Michael Mackey are noted.


The team is very experienced and handles a range of criminal work

Crime: fraud Tier 2

Burton Copeland LLP acts for for corporate and individuals across a range of criminal and regulatory proceedings. Department head Erin Cowley acts for defendants in complex fraud, money laundering, BIS and Trading Standards cases and is also experienced in POCA, restraint orders and receivership work.  Consultant Michael Mackey is experienced in fraud and white collar crime and is rated 'excellent'.

The firm:

Operating from the office in Manchester, an extensive team of committed lawyers offers unparalleled breadth and depth of expertise operating a 24-hour, 365 days a year response. The Firm was once again awarded Crime Team of the Year 2019 at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards having won both Crime and Regulatory Team on a number of previous occasions and was awarded Best Law Firms 2019 in The Times (in association with Statista). Two members of the current team are Past Presidents of Manchester Law Society and both Louise Straw and Gwyn Lewis are Council Members and Chair the Legal Education Committee and the Crown and Magistrates Committee respectively for the Society. The Firm is one of the largest Legal Aid Crime Providers, holds a very high cost cases accreditation and has a large private client department.

Types of work undertaken:

General and serious crime:The firm offers advice on all aspects of criminal and related investigations and proceedings, representing clients in every level of tribunal, acting in many of the major trials involving the most serious of offences. The Firm stands out for its expertise in the defence of historical sexual offences. The firm has developed a pre-eminent specialism in the defence of historic sexual offences.

Business crime and fraud: the business crime team undertakes cases involving corporate fraud, VAT irregularities, HMRC investigations, money laundering, confiscation and asset recovery, BIS (DTI) investigations, copyright/trade mark investigations, money laundering, bribery and corruption and mortgage fraud. A niche unit provides representation for allegations of breaches of trading standards regulations and was successful in this area in defending a kitchen entrepreneur in the largest ever prosecution of its kind in the UK.

Regulatory law: the firm is involved in the defence of all investigations, including inquests, and prosecutions for breaches of health and safety regulations and breaches brought by other regulators such as the Environment Agency, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Security Industry Authority and Gangmasters Licensing Authority. An area of growth has been in firearms certificate appeals representing members of the National Rifle Association. The firm has been involved in the longest running inquests in UK history which attracted worldwide publicity.

Medical and nursing care: the growth in recent years of criminal allegations against medical and nursing staff, especially in relation to the regulation of care homes by the Care Quality Commission, has resulted in the firm regularly being instructed by both representative bodies and individuals to advise and support through criminal investigations and proceedings.

Professional discipline: a specialist team provides a national service in representing members of professional and public service bodies including the representation of doctors, pharmacists, teachers, dentists and nurses in relation to regulatory and misconduct issues and criminal investigations and proceedings, backed up by the considerable focus and expertise of the main practice.

Road traffic: clients who are alleged to have committed offences in this topical area of law are represented by a dedicated unit,, providing a specialist and effective service with an enviable reputation in the successful defence of the full spectrum of motoring offences including speeding, dangerous driving, driving under the influence, mobile phone use, VOSA investigations and a niche specialisation in taxi regulation.

Clients: clients range from government departments, public service bodies, small to medium business enterprises, national corporations, healthcare professionals, leading individuals from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment to the private individual confronted by the police, Crown Prosecution Service and other prosecuting authorities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Crown Court Louise Straw
Magistrates Daniel Weed
Road traffic Gwyn Lewis
Business crime/fraud Erin Cowley
Professional discipline Charlotte Ellis
Professional discipline Daniel Weed
Inquests and Public Enquiries Jonathan Wall
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tim Andrew  photo Tim Andrew
 Karl Benson  photo Karl Benson
 Aidan Carr  photo Aidan Carr
 Samantha Corcoran  photo Samantha Corcoran
 Erin Cowley  photo Erin Cowley
 Suzanne Dooley  photo Suzanne Dooley
 Charlotte Ellis  photo Charlotte Ellis
 Gwyn Lewis  photo Gwyn Lewis
 Michael Mackey  photo Michael Mackey
 Bryan McMahon  photo Bryan McMahon
Mr Robert Moussalli  photo Mr Robert Moussalli
 Elizabeth Ann Ridgway  photo Elizabeth Ann Ridgway
 Louise Straw  photo Louise Straw
 Nick Terry  photo Nick Terry
 Peter Damian Wall  photo Peter Damian Wall
 Daniel Richard Weed  photo Daniel Richard Weed
Number of UK partners : 10
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15